Tuesday, March 27, 2012

2013 NFL Draft: The Year of the Quarterback

The 2012 NFL Draft is still a month away but it's never too early to get excited about next year. Quarterbacks are expected to get drafted #1 and #2 in 2012 but the 2013 draft might be even more loaded with QB talent.

When Matt Barkley, Landry Jones and Tyler Wilson decided to return to school it gave the 2013 group a big boost. These players project as first rounders next year and Barkley could even go #1 overall. Along with these seniors, there is a talented class of Junior signal callers including: Tyler Bray of Tennessee (another possible #1 overall pick) and Aaron Murray of Georgia.

Tyler Bray has prototypical size for the QB position at 6 foot 6 inches tall. He has an advanced understanding of the game, great arm strength and the ability to make all the throws. I can't help but be reminded of Payton Manning, seeing Bray in that Tennessee uniform.

Aaron Murray has a wicked strong arm and can throw rockets down the field. He doesn't have ideal height, listed at 6,1, but we've seen plenty of QB's with less than ideal size find success at the NFL level.

Matt Barkley may be the best of the bunch and has plenty of weapons to throw to at USC. He's an early favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and should have a huge Senior season. Landry Jones should also have a huge season and set records for the Sooners.

If these five signal callers play up to their potential, we could see all five picked in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Ryan Tannehill Scouting Report

NFL Draft Prospect Ryan Tannehill

6,4 - Quarterback - Texas A&M

Tannehill is rising up draft boards with a solid post season performance. Projects as a high to mid first round pick and is getting mentioned in the top 10.

Very good athlete at the position with all the tools to be an effective QB in the NFL. Strong armed and accurate with good decision making. Can throw the deep out and also has excellent touch on short throws. Knows when to get rid of the ball and plays one step ahead of the defense.

Projection: mid first round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft

Monday, March 12, 2012

Rising Prospects

With the scouting combine complete and the NFL draft less than a month and a half away, here are a few players rising up draft boards:

Stephen Hill - Wide Receiver - Georgia Tech

At 6,4 Hill is a mountain of a man. He has great leaping ability (almost 40 inch vertical leap at the combine) and great speed and agility. He ran the 40 yard dash in 4.36 seconds, making him one of the fastest players in the draft. This combination of size and speed will make him a difficult matchup for any cornerback in the NFL. He is very raw at this point but has a huge amount of upside and could blossom into a superstar receiver.

Dontari Poe - Defensive Tackle - Memphis

Huge dude with good speed. At 6,4, 346 Poe is a massive DT with great strength and tremendous speed (for a player his size).  He ran the 40 in 4.87 seconds and did 44 reps of 225 pounds. He projects as an elite DT at the next level and could be a top 10 pick in late April after his impressive showing at the combine.


Other players on the rise:

  • Ryan Tannehill - Quarterback - Texas A&M
  • Coby Fleener - Tight End - Stanford
  • Adam Gettis - Guard - Iowa
  • Fletcher Cox - Defensive Tackle - Mississippi State



Thursday, January 5, 2012

Lamar Miller Scouting Report

NFL Draft Prospect:

Lamar Miller - Running Back - Miami

Leaving for the NFL after his junior season, Miller could be a mid to late first rounder or possibly slip into the second round.

Pros

Great between the tackle runner who makes quick decisions and hits the hole hard. Has breakaway speed and is very hard to catch in the open field. Sets up his blocks well and knows when to be patient and let  the play develop. Has  great balance and can change directions on a dime.

At 5,11 and 212 he has ideal size for the NFL.  Very tough kid who can play through pain. Has pretty good hands and should be able to develop into a good pass catcher out of the backfield.

Cons

Has had some injuries in the past (shoulder) but seems to be healthy with no lingering problems. Not the most experience player. Needs to improve as a blocker.

Projects as a first or second rounder in the 2012 NFL Draft


David Wilson Scouting Report

NFL Draft Prospect:

David Wilson - Running Back - Virginia Tech

A junior running back who could be a first rounder in April. Has big play ability and all the tools to be an every down back in the NFL.

Pros

Has great size/speed combination and the type of elusiveness and quick cut ability that makes for a successful NFL rusher. Has great acceleration and stop/start ability and can get to the second level in a hurry. Very shifty runner with elite top end speed.  40 yard dash in the 4.3 range.

Has very good power and a compact frame. Runs between the tackles well and gets low to the ground.  At 5,10 205 pounds he has good size for the position and enough strength to finish off runs. Has good hands and catches the ball well but will need to gain more experience in this area of the game.

Cons

Needs to do a better job of taking what's available and not trying to make every run into a big play. Not the most powerful back and might not be the best goal line runner at the next level.

Projection: Late first or early second round in the 2012 NFL Draft


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Robert Griffin III Scouting Report


Robert Griffin III - Quarterback - Baylor

The Heisman winner has been on a roll all season long and is showing scouts that he has the tools to be a legit NFL quarterback.

Pros

An extremely athletic quarterback with great mobility complimented by a strong arm.  Throws the deep ball well and keeps his eyes down the field even when breaking out of the pocket.  Has a quick release and makes quick decisions with the ball. Has elite speed for the quarterback position and will be a multidimensional threat in the NFL.  Has good touch on short passes and leads his receivers well.  Has an A+ personality and is a great player on and off the field.

Cons

A little bit light and not the strongest QB in the draft.  Could be vulnerable to injury at the next level.  Needs to do a better job of getting to his second and third read if the number one option isn't open. Sometimes breaks out of the pocket too soon and needs to hang in and make the throw.

Projection: top 15 selection in the 2012 NFL Draft